|Slot-sized reds schooled up and biting around Hilton Head Island
1508 Views - Posted: December 20, 2012 at 5:00 pm
Bull redfish have been a willing target of many anglers for the past few months along the South Carolina coast, but if it's slot-sized redfish you're after, the backwaters of Hilton Head Island are the place to be.
Capt. Charlie Beadon of Hilton Head Fishing Adventures and his clients have been regularly boating keeper redfish on the mud flats over the past few weeks.
|Speckled trout bite great in Bulls Bay
2106 Views - Posted: December 19, 2012 at 6:30 am
Last year's mild winter was a nice reprieve for South Carolina's speckled trout after cold-water kills in back-to-back brutal winters wiped out a lot of specks. This spells good news for Palmetto State anglers, and one place the trout are healthy and biting is Bulls Bay near Awendaw.
Gary McElwain of Awendaw has been having a lot of success lately catching Bulls Bay specks, and the majority of his fish have been keeper sized.
|Woodcock season opens in South Carolina today
1342 Views - Posted: December 18, 2012 at 6:30 am
South Carolina has extended its season on woodcock by 14 days again this season, so hunters can take to the field for timberdoodles beginning today, Dec. 18.
The S.C. Department of Natural Resources agreed last year to move up the traditional Jan. 1 season opening by two weeks, and it was such a success with hunters, the season is opening early again this year.
|Speckled trout bite hanging on in Charleston’s Stono River
1888 Views - Posted: December 17, 2012 at 11:18 am
For late fall anglers, speckled trout represent a highly prized target. but they can be especially fickle as the weather starts to turn colder. Capt. John Koonce of Shoal Bandit Charters on Johns Island claims the weather may be hard to predict, but the hot trout bite this fall in Charleston-area waters, especially the Stono River, is still hanging on.
“One day we’ll be out here in jeans and t-shirts, and the next day we’ll be wearing heavy jackets and toboggans,” he said. “But the water temperatures are still pretty decent, and the trout bite has stayed with us.”
|Catfish action picking up on Lake Wylie, might get better
1665 Views - Posted: December 12, 2012 at 3:41 pm
The winter catfish bite on Lake Wylie has turned on, and a lot of chunky fish are being caught. According to guide Rodger Taylor of Rock Hill’s Catfish On Guide Service, the excellent action should continue and perhaps improve over the next few weeks.
|Upper end of Lake Murray features a good bass bite
1832 Views - Posted: December 11, 2012 at 12:48 pm
Largemouth bass fishing typically slows this time of year on many lakes, but the upper end of Lake Murray is producing good action.
Guide Chris Heinning of Capt. Chris Fishing is catching bass from the Dreher Island area up into the rivers using a variety of techniques.
|Fish boat docks for big reds
3665 Views - Posted: May 17, 2012 at 9:18 am
With the summer season rapidly approaching, redfish along the Charleston coast are making the transition from spring patterns to warm water patterns. In this video, Shoal Bandit Charter Capt. John Koonce demonstrates a one of the most-successful tactics for locating warm-water redfish around boat docks.
|Conan O'Brien blows duck call after Duck Commander lessons
3698 Views - Posted: April 12, 2012 at 12:58 pm
Late-night TV show host Conan O'Brien got duck-calling lessons from one of the best Tuesday night — Duck Commander's Phil Robertson.
And he did OK. Or maybe not.
Depends on who you ask.
|Try these prescriptions for spooky reds
1699 Views - Posted: March 19, 2012 at 9:00 am
March Madness is great if you’re a college basketball fan. If you’re a fisherman who likes to target redfish, the madness of March is trying to figure out how to get fish that have been hammered on by anglers and dolphin for three or four months to even look at a bait or lure.
|Redfish schooling around Georgetown
2629 Views - Posted: January 20, 2012 at 9:22 am
The shallow waters around Georgetown are clear and cool, and sight fishing for schooling winter redfish on light tackle is how fishing guide Capt. Steve Roff likes to fish for them this time of year.
Roff says the reds are bunching in schools, and "it is like deer hunting, stalking and paying attention to an outline or a tail movement."
|14-year-old kills 140-class Newbury County buck
4460 Views - Posted: January 19, 2012 at 7:58 am
Rabbit hunters count on their beagles to run bunnies in a big circle, with their quarry eventually returning to the area from which it was originally flushed.
When Pelion’s Liz Richburg killed a beautiful 10-point buck on the last day of the season (Jan. 1), it was sort of the same deal. The beagles were replaced by relatives driving the deer, and the 140-class buck she killed returned to the spot it was first observed – 10 weeks later.
|Monster Pendleton buck got lucky once, but once was not enough
4204 Views - Posted: January 12, 2012 at 11:17 am
How much luck does a big buck need to make it to, say, trophy proportions?
Rob Harrison isn’t sure, but he does have some evidence that, while they might not have nine lives like a cat, they occasionally cheat death.
Harrison took an 11-point, 150-inch buck Dec. 4 near Pendleton, and found 10 pellets of buckshot under the buck's hide when it was skinned out.
|Season has great ending for handicapped South Carolina deer hunter
3295 Views - Posted: January 10, 2012 at 9:37 am
Dean Elsey of Bonneau Beach figured after three months in the woods that he was headed for one of his normal deer seasons: taking a doe or two, maybe a small buck.
But in a period of a little more than two weeks, Elsey’s season went from dull to dynamite with a pair of great bucks taken on separate mobility-impaired hunts.
|Quick draw rewards hunter with 12-pointer
4297 Views - Posted: December 05, 2011 at 4:06 pm
Chris Chason of Fort Long got busted by a huge buck the afternoon of Nov. 17 while hunting on his club’s land in Fairfield County.
Luckily, his reaction time was just swift enough to get off a kill shot at his biggest buck ever shortly after being detected at only 40 yards away.